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APEX VI: Sixth Installment Of NYC-Based Apocalyptic Music Event Announced With THE BODY, GNAW THEIR TONGUES & More Confirmed

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

The upcoming sixth installment of the NYC-based Apocalyptic music event, APEX VI, has been announced, bringing a three-day fiesta of absolutely demolishing proportions to the city the first weekend of June 2015.

The biennial APEX gathering unites a wide spectrum of international music artists, experimenters and collaborators from across the realms of noise, drone, industrial, power electronics and more. The 2015 installation promises to be one of the most damaging lineups, with a monstrous array of artists from across the smoldering globe together, with APEX VI now confirmed to run from June 5th through 7th.

Presented by ANNIHILVS POWER ELECTRONIX in association with BLACK HORIZONS, CRUCIAL BLAST, CYCLIC LAW, EARSPLIT PR, HANDMADE BIRDS, HEAVEN STREET, MALIGNANT RECORDS and M.A.P.S., the APEX VI gala will take over Trans Pecos in Ridgewood, Queens. While the three-day lineup is not fully complete or announced, the list of confirmed acts is already set to include Portland doom cult, THE BODY (including guest collaborators to be announced), the second stateside performance from Dutch maniac GNAW THEIR TONGUES, the first appearance from Sweden’s IRM in ten years, since playing at the first APEX in June 2005, as well as TREPANERINGSRITUALEN, MENACE RUINE, BURIAL HEX, SUTEKH HEXEN, SVARTSINN and many others hailing from Sweden, Norway, Canada and abroad, in addition to short films and visual works presentations, exclusive merch/vendor wares and much more.

Advance tickets and multi-day bundles — including a fest compilation digipak CD and exclusive t-shirt designs from GNAW THEIR TOUNGES and THE BODY — have been posted. View the entire confirmed lineup as of now, all ticketing options, the official event page and more below, and stand by for further promotions and announcements as APEX VI is finalized.


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EXHUMED: “New” Psalm Sullying The Airwaves Of Invisible Oranges; North American Onslaught With Napalm Death + Voivod In Progress

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Today, the rabble-rousers of Invisible Oranges are sullying the airwaves with a refurbished rendition of “Necromaniac” by California’s favorite gore strategists, EXHUMED.

The latest number comes by way the band’s forthcoming Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015 full-length. A genre-changing audio manifestation of vile, grinding, over-the-top death-metal, Gore Metal was initially unleashed in 1998 and drips with charming repugnance, its raging riff subversions, foul-themed, slasher-film-inspired prose and putrid cover art still repulsively alluring nearly two decades since its release. Not content to let the album rot away, EXHUMED returned to the studio to re-record the underground classic. The resulting Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015, slated for release next month via Relapse Records, maintains the bone raw aggression of the original recordings while adding depth to the sonic devourment thanks in no small part to years of touring and a vastly improved-sounding recording quality.

Proclaims guitarist/vocalist Matt Harvey, “‘Necromaniac’ was a song that we felt best exemplified what we were going for on Gore Metal: Possessed and Repulsion ripoff riffs, grunts, screams, whammy bar obnoxiousness, and a traditional song structure. Hence why we chose it for the album’s leadoff track. We’ve played the song countless times live throughout the years and I don’t hate it yet, which is a good sign! This version is a lot more listenable and coherent, which may or not be a good thing depending on your taste. Anyway, if all that sounds like your kind of thing, give this revamped version a listen!”

Adds Invisible Oranges, “Though only Matt Harvey remains from the old crew, he’s brought back an old friend to guest on these re-recordings. Ross Sewage reprises his primal roar here on… and the result is an especially nostalgic and endearing feel that most re-recordings miss in their quest for perfection. The performance is tighter, the guitar solo is sharper and the vokills are actually somewhat intelligible this time around. Most importantly though, ‘Necromaniac’ is still a whole lot of fun…. It’s still gore fucking metal.”

Get down with the dead at THIS LOCATION.

You can also get your vile self rocking to the sounds of “Limb From Limb,” stenching-up the airwaves of Revolver at THIS LOCATION as well as “Open The Abscess,” streaming below.

EXHUMED is currently lacerating the ears of the living throughout North America supporting co-headliners Napalm Death and Voivod. The raid will trounce nearly three-dozen municipalities, with its final assault befalling Houston on February 28th. Additional support will be provided by Iron Reagan and Black Crown Initiate with Ringworm, Dayglo Abortions, Theories and Phobia to appear on select performances throughout the trek.

EXHUMED w/ Napalm Death, Voivod, Iron Reagan, Black Crown Initiate [remaining dates]:
1/29/2015 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA w/ Ringworm
1/30/2015 Ziggy’s – Winston-Salem, NC w/ Ringworm
1/31/2015 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD w/ Ringworm
2/02/2015 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY w/ Ringworm
2/03/2015 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA w/ Ringworm
2/04/2015 Opera House – Toronto, ON
2/05/2015 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
2/06/2015 Club Soda – Montreal, QC
2/07/2015 Palladium – Worcester, MA w/ Ringworm
2/08/2015 The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Ringworm
2/09/2015 Agora Ballroom – Cleveland, OH w/ Ringworm
2/10/2015 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL w/ Ringworm
2/11/2015 Amsterdam – Minneapolis, MN w/ Ringworm
2/12/2015 The Zoo – Winnipeg, MB
2/13/2015 The Exchange – Regina, SK
2/14/2015 Republik – Calgary, AB
2/15/2015 Starlite Room – Edmonton, AB
2/17/2015 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC w/ Dayglo Abortions
2/18/2015 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA w/ Theories
2/19/2015 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
2/20/2015 Metro – Oakland, CA w/ Phobia
2/21/2015 Strummers – Fresno, CA w/ Phobia
2/22/2015 House of Blues – Los Angeles, CA
2/23/2015 Club Red – Tempe, AZ w/ Phobia
2/24/2015 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM w/ Phobia
2/25/2015 Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO w/ Phobia
2/26/2015 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS w/ Phobia
2/27/2015 Gas Monkey – Dallas, TX w/ Phobia
2/28/2015 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX w/ Phobia

Presented with completely new artwork and a gaggle of detailed liner notes, Gore Metal: A Necrospective 1998 – 2015 will be unleashed via Relapse Records February 10th, 2015 digitally, as a limited edition LP, and as a deluxe two-CD set which comes packaged with the original version of the album for the price of a single CD. Relish the gorific bargains! Preorder your copy today at THIS LOCATION. Desirers of the digitals can point their browsers HERE.

IN DEFENCE: Minnesota Mosh Enforcers Embark On Southern US Tour This Week; New Track Playing Exclusively At Noisey

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

As Twin Cities mosh pit enforcers, IN DEFENCE, are readying to hit the streets, kicking off their Winter Tour of the Southern half of the US this Sunday, the instigators have deployed a brand new track from recent recording sessions via Vice Magazine’s Noisey music channel. Having recently recorded with Joel Grind from Toxic Holocaust at Signaturetone Studios in Minneapolis, the face-displacing whiplash of “Unholy Water” gives the public a taste of what these “pizza no, tacos yes” crossover maestros have in the works for 2015.

Get sloshed early today with IN DEFENCE’s “Unholy Water” at Noisey RIGHT HERE.

Also check out IN DEFENCE’s previously released videos for “Don’t Call Me A Moshist,” “Black Metal Mania” and “Curbside Dentistry.”

In addition to their Southern US Winter Tour, running from this Sunday, February 1st through the 24th, IN DEFENCE has also been confirmed to take part in Berserker Fest II in Detroit. Running from March 12th through 14th, the three-day melee will see the band joining the likes of Incantation, Poison Idea, Iron Reagan, Coliseum, Full Of Hell and countless more.

IN DEFENCE Tour Dates:
2/01/2015 Minnehaha Free Space – Minneapolis, MN
2/02/2015 Memory Lanes – Minneapolis, MN
2/03/2015 Underground Rock Shop – Des Moines, IA
2/04/2014 Vandals – Kansas City, MO
2/05/2015 The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
2/06/2015 Three Links – Dallas, TX
2/07/2015 house show TBA – Austin, TX
2/08/2015 The Korova – San Antonio, TX
2/09/2015 Fitzgeralds – Houston, TX
2/10/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA
2/11/2015 Handlebar – Pensacola, FL
2/12/2015 Churchills – Miami, FL
2/13/2015 Fubar Downtown – Tampa, FL
2/14/2015 Shantytown – Jacksonville, FL
2/15/2015 TV Land – Tallahassee, FL
2/16/2015 Nobby’s – St. Augustine, FL
2/17/2015 Uncle Lou’s Entertainment Hall – Orlando, FL
2/18/2015 (A) Space – Gainesville, FL
2/19/2015 The Guild Hall – Savannah, GA
2/20/2015 Poison Lawn – Knoxville, TN
2/21/2015 Café Coco – Nashville, TN
2/22/2015 The Demo – St. Louis, MO
2/23/2015 Peste De Merde – Columbia, MO
2/24/2015 The Health Club – Omaha, NE
3/12-14/2015 The Loving Touch – Ferndale, MI @ Berserker Fest II [info]

IN DEFENCE has proven themselves as a diehard annihilation squad in just over eight years as a band, the name backed by an imposing recording resume and untamable fascination with on-stage mayhem. Having formed as a more straightforward hardcore act in Minnesota’s Minneapolis-St. Paul sector in 2006, the quartet’s volatile brew quickly decayed into more of a thrash-inspired crossover attack, the sound they’ve dominated in the studio and live ever since. While steadily pushing for positive societal change and unity, their methodology is heavily party and satire-infiltrated versus taking a preacher’s stance with their views. Bringing together headbangers and punks to circle pit in unity, IN DEFENCE has crossed the US multiple times a year, having toured and/or shared the stage with The Casualties, Toxic Holocaust, MDC, DRI, Cro-Mags, Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Danzig, Municipal Waste among countless others, in addition to having toured in Puerto Rico and fourteen countries in Europe. With a pile of independent splits, EPs and singles, compilation appearances, and three previous LPs already on the slab, the fourth IN DEFENCE LP was recorded in recent weeks at Signaturetone Studios in Minneapolis, with Joel Grind from Toxic Holocaust handling mixing and producing duties.

Additional details on their upcoming album and further IN DEFENCE tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

MUSCLE AND MARROW: Portland Atmospheric Drone/Doom Duo Premieres “Ritual” Video Via Cvlt Nation; New Record Underway

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Today, Portland atmospheric drone/doom duo, MUSCLE AND MARROW, is pleased to unveil a brand new video for the track “Ritual.” The hauntingly poignant movement will appear on the band’s forthcoming full-length, which is still in its composing stages.

Filmed over two days — one in the snow, one in the studio – “Ritual” was directed by Edward P. Davee and achieved with the aid of  Scott Ballard (camera), Kristin Marie (art director, producer), Kevin Forrest (gaffer) and Lucy Lee Yim (choreography). The track itself was recorded and mixed by Brandon Eggleston and mastered by Doug Henderson.

“Ritual” is asking the impossible: what can one do, as a human bound by flesh, to bring back the dead, to speak to the dead, to continue loving the dead? It is also exploring the limitations of art and of self-expression, while simultaneously asserting that turning desperation into an act of creation is in itself an act of innate strength and even optimism.

The clip is currently playing exclusively via Cvlt Nation, who elaborates, “MUSCLE AND MARROW makes music that haunts you, cuts deep and inhabits an emotional place in your soul. ‘Ritual’ is no different, and the video for it…delves into the mystery of their sound with its stunning visuals.”

Get swept away by the “Ritual” at THIS LOCATION.

Forged in 2013, MUSCLE AND MARROW is Kira Clark (guitar, voice) and Keith McGraw (drums, samples). Their sound is lush, full, sprawling and forever moving, blanketed in guitars that shift waiflike between haunting drone and menacing fuzz and bound by McGraw’s punishing drum work. Each movement, however, is powered by Clark’s voice — soaringly operatic and high at times; shaking and guttural at others. MUSCLE AND MARROW are interested in the morose, the ugly, the jarring and the soft relying heavily on changing dynamics and avoiding the linear, instead gravitating towards the clashing of sounds, their voice and drumming almost hypnotic at times, followed by sudden bursts of distorted noise and thrashing drums. They draw inspiration from literature, film, contemporary poetry, darkness with redemption and darkness without it, but their songs are at their core, deeply personal. Comparisons can be found in Chelsea Wolfe, Swans and Shannon Wright.

MUSCLE AND MARROW is currently penning the follow-up to their critically-lauded, 2013-issued, The Human Cry full-length. Said Metal BandCamp of the masterwork, “The songs are so richly and deeply textured with varying and contradicting elements that build a huge dynamic power and an overall unearthly atmosphere that constantly escapes your grip, and despite all the ultra-heaviness there’s a sense of this ghost floating around, it’s here and there, changing direction, changing moods and wears myriads of different shades of despair, melancholy, fear and anger.” Added Invisible Oranges, “Clark has a rich, emotive voice, and when it’s fully turned on she gets a quiver as if she is controlling the very atoms around her. She’s a witch, conjuring up powerful atmospheres of stormy skies, swirling clouds, dark horizons. While the name MUSCLE AND MARROW may impart an image of minimalism, there’s no exposed bone here. Instead, we get a coursing network of blood vessels and twitching nerves. McGraw’s well-timed drumbeats illuminate this throbbing affirmation.”

The Human Cry is still available for purchase via the official MUSCLE AND MARROW BandCamp page HERE.

Stay tuned for further MUSCLE AND MARROW developments as they transpire.

“Musically, this band is ultra heavy, but it’s not in the normal sense it’s more mental than physical.” – Cvlt Nation

WINO & CONNY OCHS: Exile On Mainstream Confirms Details For Second Collaborative LP From Iconic Singer/Songwriter Duo

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

It is with extreme pleasure for Germany’s Exile On Mainstream to announce the label’s next priority release, with the second collaborative album by one of the most strikingly natural singer/songwriter duos of these troubled modern times, SCOTT “WINO” WEINRICH and CONNY OCHS.

To backtrack a bit, the union of these two gritty, passionate musicians took place in 2010, as American doom/rock legend, WINO (Saint Vitus, The Obsessed, Spirit Caravan, The Hidden Hand) was touring Europe on his own first full solo album, Adrift, which had just been released by Exile On Mainstream. Simultaneously, contemporary German solo vocalist/guitarist, CONNY OCHS, was preparing to release his debut solo album, Raw Love Songs, through the same label which saw the two artists billed together on this European trek. From there, an instant bond was formed, both as musicians as well as just like-minded humans. Instantaneously, musical ideas formed within this new brotherhood, which quickly grew into a courageous collaborative full-length studio album entitled Heavy Kingdom, released by Exile On Mainstream in 2012. The album showcased the organic songwriting skills through an incredibly passionate delivery. Heavy Kingdom elevated both artists as top-notch contemporary singer/songwriters in the eyes of the media and fans alike, and saw the duo taking their songcraft to the road heavily across Europe as well as North America.

That was just the beginning, as, since Heavy Kingdom was just seeing release, the pair had already began talking about “what was to come” in reference to new material they’d began plotting together. The time is now, as the second chapter from WINO & CONNY OCHS has recently been completed, the project actually having remained virtually unannounced and taking place behind closed doors over the past few years. With the artists being based on two different continents and remaining busy with their own solo endeavors, an opportune time to convene for some songwriting time never arrived, and the pair began trading ideas via email. This was not something that at all brought forth the magic and mastery which took place the first time, and after months of writing, the idea was scrapped, and last year, WINO voyaged back to Berlin to rendezvous with OCHS.

Recorded again at Kabumm Studio with producer Thommy Krawallo, as was their Heavy Kingdom LP, the newest collection of ambitious, harrowing and beautiful music created by WINO & CONNY OCHS not only brings forth the same quality of organically conceived folk/rock fans of the previous album should expect, it simply excels in every imaginable aspect, and now awaits release in early 2015 through their trusted alliance with Exile On Mainstream. Bearing the title Freedom Conspiracy, the record was written and recorded entirely with WINO & CONNY OCHS performing all instruments together, the approach slightly different from Heavy Kingdom as it has been created in a much more organic way with rudimentary ideas brought in by each and then carved into songs by both together. Fusing acoustic and electric guitars and with both artists’ standout vocal styles searing through these thirteen well-crafted brand new hymns, the initial recordings of the album date back to over a year ago, but even though the songs were done and recorded, these protagonists felt it had been rushed a bit in the end and final touches couldn’t be made with both together in the same room for reasons of other obligations. So it was put to rest and matured several months. Earlier in 2014 both went back in and basically stripped everything down to the bare bones, started from scratch, arranging the tracks differently and all of a sudden it clicked and brought forth forty-five minutes of some of the most refined, dynamic and unforgettable folk/rock music in years.

When asked what the album meant to the artists themselves, CONNY OCHS states: “Freedom Conspiracy means companionship. It means to have each other’s back. This album is about losing and finding belief. And fighting for it.” Adds WINO on the album: “Shits changin’ fast. With war on every corner, political theatre becoming increasingly more offensive, and Big Brother and the Globalists intensifying their slow takeover, we offer sounds and vibrations of love, death, happiness and pain! With this music and verse we hope the songs will inspire and uplift, and hopefully unite our searching spirits.”

With cover art by WINO & CONNY OCHS, Freedom Conspiracy will see deliverance on CD, LP and digital download in the US on March 31st, 2015, both LP and CD versions to be available from Earsplit Distro for wholesale and retail purchase (the LP exclusively) The release will be followed by international touring from the duo to be announced throughout the year. Fans of Woodie Guthrie, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, The Black Crowes, Scott Kelly, Mike Scheidt and the like should make sure this duo is on your radar.

Stand by for audio samples and further release/tour info from WINO & CONNY OCHSFreedom Conspiracy campaign all year.

Freedom Conspiracy Track Listing:
1. Drain
2. Sound Of Blue
3. Foundation Chaos
4. Crystal Madonna
5. Shards
6. Time Out Blackout
7. Timeless Spirit
8. Freedom Conspiracy
9. Dirt Floor
10. Heavy Heart
11. Forever Gone
12. Invisible Bullets
13. The Great Destroyer

WOLVHAMMER Confirms Headlining Dates Surrounding US With 1349, Origin & Abysmal Dawn

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Midwestern cult, WOLVHAMMER, has confirmed several headlining dates surrounding their upcoming US tour supporting 1349, Origin and Abysmal Dawn.

Following their two-pronged Desanctifying North America 2014 Tour — the first with support from Relapse artists, Mortals, and second including Southern Lord ragers, Black Cobra, headlining many of the gigs — WOLVHAMMER will spend the majority of February the opening slot of the Chaos Raids USA 2015 tour, headlined by Norwegian black metal legion, 1349, with additional support from Kansas’ tech death metal unit, Origin, and California death outfit, Abysmal Dawn. The recently expanded nineteen-date run will begin February 8th in Tampa, Florida, and run through the 26th in Savannah, Georgia. Yet WOLVHAMMER has also just locked up several headlining shows preceding and subsequent to the main run, February 5th, 6th and 7th, as well as the 27th and 28th.

WOLVHAMMER released their third full-length, Clawing Into Black Sun, in July 2014 via Profound Lore Records, with guitarist Jeff Wilson’s own Disorder Recordings handling the vinyl pressing, the record reigning in accolades from media and fans internationally while the band took the pulverizing hymns to the road heavily the second half of the year. With nearly fifty minutes of the band’s best death rock-fueled blackened thunder yet, surging with more self-infliction, abuse, regret, and debauchery than ever, the record was recorded by Dan Jensen at Hideaway Studio in Minneapolis.

2/05/2015 PG – Evansville, IN
2/06/2015 TBA
2/07/2015 Burro Bar – Jacksonville, FL
2/08/2015 The Orpheum – Tampa, FL w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/09/2015 Siberia – New Orleans, LA w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/10/2015 Dirty Dog Bar – Austin, TX w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/11/2015 Launchpad – Albuquerque, NM w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/12/2015 Joe’s Grotto – Phoenix AZ w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/13/2015 Adrenaline – Las Vegas, NV w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/14/2015 The Complex – Los Angeles, CA w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/15/2015 DNA Lounge – San Francisco, CA w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/16/2015 Jub Jub’s – Reno, NV w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/17/2015 Area 51 – Salt Lake City, UT w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/18/2015 Marquis Theater – Colorado, CO w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/19/2015 The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/20/2015 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/21/2015 Roc Bar – Cleveland, OH w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/22/2015 Championship Bar – Trenton, NJ w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/23/2015 Gramercy Theater – New York, NY w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/24/2015 Empire – W. Springfield, VA w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/25/2015 Ground Zero – Spartanburg, SC w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/26/3015 Jinx – Savannah, GA w/ 1349, Origin, Abysmal Dawn
2/27/2015 529- Atlanta, GA
2/28/20155th Quarter – Indianapolis, IN

TAKEN BY THE SUN: Chicago Progressive Post-Metal Doom Gazers To Release Debut Full-Length

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

\Chicago progressive post metal doom/gaze collective, TAKEN BY THE SUN, will release their debut full-length next month. Tracked almost exclusively live at Electrical Audio (with “Confessions Of An Opium Eater” recorded at Studio 54 Music Zone), engineered by Sanford Parker (Twilight, Voivod, Eyehategod, Yob etc.) and mastered by Collin Jordan (Eyehategod, Indian, Wovenhand, Voivod etc.) at The Boiler Room, all in Chicago, Taken By The Sun is monolithic in its delivery boasting a sprawling, eight-track, forty-two minute sound expedition. Multilayered, nuanced, gristly and meticulous arranged, thick gnarled riffs coil around gravel-throated voice incursions, the planet rumbles, tracks heave like the sky is breaking. Aggressive yet cathartic, at times otherworldly, TAKEN BY THE SUN recalls the confounding atmospheres of veteran sound contortionists Neurosis, Isis, Pelican, Rosetta, Mouth Of the Architect, Red Sparowes, and The Ocean without replicating them.

Taken By The Sun Track Listing:
1. Scars
2. Demons Tempt the Dying Man with Crowns
3. Fuse
4. Red
5. Detached
6. Volatile
7. Confessions of an Opium Eater
8. Ornaflux

Forged in 2011, TAKEN BY THE SUN, a moniker representing decay and rebirth, is a Chicago metal band rooted within The Windy City’s venue-shaking, riff-worshipping doom and stoner metal traditions. At the core of their sound there lies fuzz-addled guitars, grinding bass, cavernous drums, and dry-throated vocals fused with prog metal acrobatics, lush vocal harmonies, and pedal steel twang to heighten the intensity and plain epicness of their compositions. And now, with their self-titled debut, TAKEN BY THE SUN is able to convey the energy and diversity of their music in recorded form. Recorded live with only minimal subsequent overdubs, the album is faithful to both the earnestness and magnitude of the band’s sound. TAKEN BY THE SUN is William Arroyo, Patrick Auclair, Justin Cape, Mark Cichra, and Kris Ziemlo.

Taken By The Sun will be released independently on February 24th via the official TAKEN BY THE SUN BandCamp page at THIS LOCATION.

BEHEMOTH To Release Official Biography Via Metal Blade Records

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors by Łukasz Dunaj serves as the definitive BEHEMOTH biography. The book, officially blessed, or rather damned, by BEHEMOTH, serves as an in-depth look at the history of the events that materially influenced the band. As Dunaj points out in the intro, this isn’t, “Poland’s response to Motley Crüe’s biography The Dirt.” Simply put, Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors is the story of BEHEMOTH, their music, their ultimate rise to the upper echelon of metal and becoming a household name in their native homeland, Poland.

A 490-page, hardcover tome that is being released by Metal Blade Records in February, Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors includes quotes and anecdotes from current and former members that provide context and details in addition to the author’s narrative, plus interviews with Tomas Krajewski, Rob Darken, Graal, Havok, and more. The artistically presented pages are splattered with old photos of the band, flyers, lyric sheets etc. Preorders are available now at, and include a bundle with an exclusive shirt available ONLY with this preorder. The passages below serve as previews of the book.

From the foreword by Krzysztof Azarewicz: “If, as a cultural anthropologist, I were to point to a single cosmic force which BEHEMOTH’s music expresses, I would name it not Satan but Dionysus. A deity that represents not only the intoxicating influence of cosmic energies and earthly benefits, but also their benevolent healing properties. A deity of strength and pride. A deity of creative might.”

Nergal discusses the acquisition of his first electric guitar: “The first communion was a very important moment for me. I know this sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. Of course, not as a religion experience – I didn’t understand anything and couldn’t care less. Same as all the other kids. We all stood there with our votive candles and waited for one thing. Cash. The first communion must be one moment when you get the most money you’re ever going to get as a child. And for this money, I bought myself my first electric guitar. Not a bike, no Legos – a guitar.”

In related news, BEHEMOTH is currently leveling stages throughout North America on a mammoth co-headlining tour with legendary death metal practitioners/labelmates, Cannibal Corpse. The month-long Winter live takeover kicks off today in New Orleans, Louisiana and will wind its way through nearly three-dozen cities, coming to a close on March 7th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Support comes from two of Sweden’s finest metal exports: Aeon and Tribulation.

BEHEMOTH w/ Cannibal Corpse, Aeon, Tribulation:
1/28/2015 House Of Blues – New Orleans, LA
1/29/2015 House Of Blues – Houston, TX
1/30/2015 Mohawk – Austin, TX
1/31/2015 House Of Blues – Dallas, TX
2/02/2015 Sunshine Theater – Albuquerque, NM
2/03/2015 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
2/05/2015 The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
2/06/2015 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
2/07/2015 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
2/08/2015 The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
2/10/2015 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/11/2015 Comodore Ballroom – Vancouver, BC
2/13/2015 Union Hall – Edmonton, AB
2/14/2015 MacEwan Hall – Calgary, AB
2/16/2015 The Garric – Winnipeg, MB
2/17/2015 Mill City Nights – Minneapolis, MN
2/18/2015 Orpheum Theater – Madison, WI
2/20/2015 House Of Blues -Chicago, IL
2/21/2015 Egyptian Room – Indianapolis, IN
2/22/2015 House Of Blues – Cleveland, OH
2/23/2015 St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI
2/24/2015 The Phoenix – Toronto, ON
2/25/2015 Metropolis – Montreal, QC
2/27/2015 House of Blues – Boston, MA
2/28/2015 Webster Hall – New York, NY
3/01/2015 Theater Of The Living Arts – Philadelphia, PA
3/02/2015 The Fillmore – Silver Spring, MD
3/03/2015 The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
3/05/2015 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
3/06/2015 Janus Landing – Tampa, FL
3/07/2015 Revolution – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Behemoth: Devil’s Conquistadors will be released via Metal Blade Records on February 24th, 2015.

DEAD IN THE MANGER: Entire Cessation LP Now Streaming At Steel For Brains Days Ahead Of Worldwide Release Via 20 Buck Spin

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Just days before Olympia, Washington-based 20 Buck Spin sets mysterious metal legion, DEAD IN THE MANGER’s, Cessation LP loose upon the public, investigative metal webzine, Steel For Brains, has hosted an exclusive stream of the entire torrential album.

The follow-up to the anonymous act’s malicious Transience EP, released approximately a year ago, DEAD IN THE MANGER’s ominous objective is made all the more evident on their debut full-length endeavor, Cessation. The album surely unleashes the expected searing and blast-driven grind/black metal alloy as its predecessor, yet also explores much more spacious and trance-inducing textures, opening portals to new realms of their insidious dimension through six unnamed movements. Once again, the identity of the members and the origin of the outfit remain anonymous to allow their belittling delivery to be the focal point of their auditory rapture. Digging into the band’s collective dead heart for insight into Cessation, Steel For Brains has interrogated the band alongside an exclusive early listen to the entire album, issuing, “Cessation is defined as the process of ending. If that journey into the terminal blackness of our end ever needed a soundtrack, DEAD IN THE MANGER just greased the rails.”

Explore DEAD IN THE MANGER’s entire Cessation at Steel For Brains through THIS PORTAL.

The band’s Handshake Inc.-directed video for “II” was recently premiered via Decibel at THIS LOCATION.

20 Buck Spin will officially release Cessation this Tuesday, February 3rd, on 12” vinyl and through all prime digital outlets. Orders for the LP and shirt packages can be placed HERE and the digital HERE.

Whether grinding forth in a cascade of blinding black metal violence or cloaked in despondent post-rock gloom, Cessation leaves no space for hope, compelling the paradoxical embrace of suffering, the album shrouded in appropriately bleak artwork courtesy of Misanthropic Art (Secrets Of The Moon, Hooded Menace, Attic). The machinery of plutocratic slavery, churning and grinding the spirit of life until little remains but the last gasp of a doomed humanity, a cessation of the primal light in an absurdist nightmare. Noisey/Vice issued in part of the album in an early track premiere, “it’s even better than their first EP. Smoldering black metal, gloomy post-rock, and flourishes of technical, melodic death congeal into something diabolically unique. These dudes know what they’re doing.” Metal Insider reviewed the record, praising, “DEAD IN THE MANAGER are a band on a mission, not unlike an army marching to war, knowing they will try like hell to take everyone down with them when they go. Yet, no matter how fast and pissed this album gets there are still those ever-prevailing elements of somber isolation and dread. Needless to say that Cessation is an album not recommended for those of weak constitution. It’s the type of album that would chew you up and spit you out if you let it, like an owl depositing the remains of its kill in unwanted little piles.” With a 4/5 rating, Skulls ‘N Bones’ review included, “it’s obvious that DEAD IN THE MANGER put a lot more thought into the composition and arrangement of their music than just brutality and aggression,” and Meat Mead Metal’s rave critique offers, “DEAD IN THE MANGER are well on their way to establishing themselves as one of the most vicious, hopeless (philosophically, that is) bands in the extreme metal arena. They don’t give a damn what they throw into their poisonous stew, as long as it maims and continues to give off a sense that everything they know is horrible and eventually going to destroy.”

IRIS DIVINE: Virginia-Based Progressive Metal/Rock Outfit Signs With Sensory Records; New Track From Debut Album Posted

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Northern Virginia-based trio, IRIS DIVINE, has joined The Laser’s Edge family by signing with the label’s progressive metal subdivision, Sensory Records, for the late Spring release of their impending debut album, Karma Sown.

With a brand of emotional, progressive hard rock/metal not quite like anything else out there, IRIS DIVINE is musically rooted in the raw energy and rhythmic interplay of Rush and King’s X. Fans of dark, guitar-driven rock bands from Alice In Chains, Deftones to the contemporary metal riffing of Lamb of God and Pantera, will connect to the heavy core of the band’s modern sound. Add to that progressive complexity and moody synths inspired by Dream Theater and Porcupine Tree, and a liberal dose of memorable hooks and melodies, to understand some elements of the band’s sound. And yet, the band has a distinct identity, not quite sounding like any of the aforementioned bands, and with an emotional urgency that pulls subtly from alternative and other influences.

Hailing from just outside of the Washington, DC area, IRIS DIVINE has opened for such acts as Katatonia, Orphaned Land, Fates Warning, and Periphery, channeling its studio output into intense, passionate live performances that balance precision with in-the-moment catharsis. Often called a “musician’s band,” the band time and again earned the respect of its regional peers, and could well become new faces gaining prominence among the musician community on a wider scale.

Following their previously-released 2011 double EP, Convergence, and a demo in 2013, IRIS DIVINE’s glorious debut full-length, Karma Sown, is a triumph of a debut album, immediate and memorable but revealing layers and depth upon repeated listens. The record was produced by IRIS DIVINE, engineered by Drew Mazurek and Farhad Hossain, mixed by Drew Mazurek, and mastered by Brian J. Anthony, and its cover art conceived by Kris Combs and executed by Visual Decay. With the potential to make a connection to a wide range of prog, rock and metal nationally and internationally, the band looks to 2015 and beyond to bring a new and powerful voice to fans around the world.

Karma Sown’s third track, “A Suicide Aware,” has been made available; listen now at THIS LOCATION.

Sensory Records will release Karma Sown worldwide on CD and digitally on March 31st, 2015. Stand by for additional album details, additional audio teasers and much more on IRIS DIVINE in the weeks ahead and throughout the year.

Karma Sown Track Listing:
1. The Everlasting Sea
2. Fire of the Unknown
3. A Suicide Aware
4. Mother’s Prayer
5. Prisms
6. In Spirals
7. Apathy Rains
8. In the Wake of Martyrs

Navid Rashid – vocals, guitar
Kris Combs – drums, keys/programming
Brian Dobbs – bass